Jerry Hill | April 4, 2007 2:37 pm
One thing that has not been mentioned is the fact that public schools must educate all children to the level of proficiency. This means special needs children (10-20 percent of the school age population) and children who speak little or no English as well as many students who do not wish to be in school, but are nevertheless commanded to be there. These special populations eat up manpower, facility, and technological dollars far out of proportion to their numbers and they are, logically, the most difficult to educate. When you wonder why public schools cost more, this is your basic answer. When you remove special education students, non-English students and non-student students, you have a private school!
Cited from: http://www.homelandstupidity.us/2006/07/18/do-public-and-private-schools-compare/
From a study comparing private schools versus public schools:
"In general, the average scores in reading and mathematics of students in private schools were found to be higher than those of students in public schools."
Can you tell my minds not made up? I think I just found my dissertation subject. No I'm not writing one right now - when I get to that point!